Joseph Harraghey was born in October 1881 into an Irish farming family.
During the First World War, he served with the Irish Fusiliers and the Royal Defence Corps. Joseph was discharged from the army in 1918 after the end of the war but rejoined the Royal Irish Fusiliers in August 1919. When he rejoined he was living at 3 Rupert Street in Wigan. He’d married Bridget Conley in March of this year. After he finished this second serving period, he moved to Skellow and worked at Bullecroft Colliery where he was known as Joe.
Bridget had lost her first husband Peter Conley during the First World War. Peter served with the 10th Battalion Lancashire Fusiliers under the service number #4270 and was killed in action in September 1914.
Joseph died in September 1957.
Story submitted by Angela Wren, Joseph’s granddaughter.